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Office Update – June 2018

June 22, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend. Everyone in South Wales is getting excited as Ed Sheeran is here to play 4 nights at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It is not that often we get well known acts perform in South Wales, so when someone does, everyone gets a little excited.

This week’s blog is going to be an update on what has been happening in the office over the last couple of weeks. The last few weeks has been quite different to a normal working week due to a couple of reasons. The first one being that we have welcomed a new member of staff to the team and secondly the big change over from Capita to Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS).

So the first update is that this week we welcome Sam to the team! Sam has joined us on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave and he will be working as a Recruitment Consultant. You will start to see his name on new roles we post out whilst he is being trained up, so feel free to introduce yourself and make him feel welcome.

The second update for this week is the transfer from Capita to Alexander Mann solutions. As you may know the framework which looks after the Government contracts was looked after by Capita under the CL1 Framework, although the framework is now being replaced by the Public Sector Resourcing framework, which will now be looked after by AMS.

The take over is being completed in 3 steps. The main transfer was completed at the start of this week on Monday 18th June, although some government departments are not being transferred over until a later date in 2 more stages. So for the next few months we will be going back and forth with both Capita and AMS until the transfer is complete in September.

If you are currently one of our contractors and you are wondering how the switch over will affect you, you will have received an email from the commercial team, keeping you updated on any changes that have been made and if you need to act on anything.

You may have noticed that it has been a slightly slower week on new positions, this is due to AMS ensuring the transfer process went smoothly and setting everything up correctly to release new requirements. AMS are expecting to release new positions at the start of next week, so we should start to see more new roles coming in from then, so keep an eye out on our ‘Jobs’ page or on our emails.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Unique Job Titles in the UK

June 15, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week. We are still continuing with the warm, sunny weather here in South Wales, with the odd bit of rain. I hope everyone else is still getting some sunny weather.

I came across an article earlier this week, which was on unique job titles that we have in the UK. I thought it would be quite interesting to share on the blog. Glassdoor have put together a list of the most unique and quirky job titles that now exist in 2018, which can be found below. There are a mixture of job titles, from technical, to scientific, to food related areas.

  1. Developer Evangelist
  2. Brow Expert
  3. Cloud Chief Architect
  4. Telemedicine Assistant
  5. Sandwich Artist
  6. Graduate BrainBox
  7. Listening Lead
  8. Beverage Application Technologist
  9. Python Developer
  10. Ethical Hacker
  11. Ruby Developer
  12. Party Chief
  13. Animal Technologist
  14. Protein Expression Scientist
  15. Waste Chemist
  16. Ramp Agent
  17. Nandoca

The technical jobs include a ‘Python Developer’ and a ‘Ruby Developer’. Python and Ruby are both associated with Programming. Or there is an ‘Ethical Hacker’, that tries to uncover any weaknesses in online systems. There is also a ‘Developer Evangelist’ that is a mediator between a company and its technical staff and outside developers.

Under the scientific section, there is an ‘Animal Technologist’ who is responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in scientific research and experiments. There is also ‘Protein Expression Scientist’ that involves cloning and testing engineered DNA constructs and develops bench scale protein purification methods. The ‘Waste Chemist’ would be working in an industrial laboratory managing and analysing waste material.

It also contains a few jobs in the food industry. There is now a position called a ‘Sandwich Artist’ which is a job of someone making sandwiches at Subway. Also if you work at Nando’s you are called a ‘Nandoca’.

There are a number of unique job titles out there today and we do get some of these roles through to recruit for, such as Python Developers and Ruby Developers, so keep an eye out on our open roles and you may see some of these unique job titles pop up.

Let us know in the comments below if you have ever had a job with a unique name, or if you have come across any quirky job titles throughout a job search.

Have a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Source: https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/blog/18-uncommon-quirky-uk-job-titles/

Phone Interview Helpful Tips

June 8, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. There has been interesting news this week that Nasa’s veteran Curiosity rover has come across organic matter on Mars. It was buried and preserved in ancient sediments, that formed a lake bed more than 3 billion years ago. The discovery is really interesting as it shows that there was something on Mars that organisms needed to live, so it will be great to see what else can be found on Mars in the future.

This week for the blog we will be looking at helpful tips to take on-board during a phone interview. Back in February we posted a blog on helpful tips when attending a face to face interview, these tips can all still be relevant during a phone interview, although there are extra things to consider whilst on the phone.

Be ready. You want to be sat ready and waiting when the interviewer calls. This way you are calm and not out of breath from rushing around trying to find a quiet place to take the phone call. 

Sit down in a quiet surrounding with no distractions. If you are in your house, choose a room that is away from any loud noises, such as other family members, TV, radio, or kitchen noises. Also you don’t want to be in a place where you can be easily distracted, so turn off the tv and if you are using a landline, leave your mobile phone in a different room.

Avoid taking calls in public. Try to avoid taking the call when you are out in public as background noise can be an issue. It can be an issue for yourself as you may have trouble hearing the interviewer ask the questions, but also the interviewer will probably hear a lot of background noise which can be distracting.

Be aware of your facial expressions and posture. Although the interviewer cannot see you, your facial expression and body language can make a difference in your performance. Smiling whilst answering questions can put a bit more energy into your answer making yourself sound more enthusiastic. Also posture is important, if you are slouched in an armchair it can come across in your voice, so try to sit upright on a office or dining chair.

Choose a landline over a mobile phone. If you live somewhere that doesn’t get good phone signal, try to take the call on a landline as this reduces the risk of a call cutting out on a mobile if the signal drops. 

Have water to hand and don’t chew. Have a glass of water next to you as talking for a while can make your mouth dry and give you a cough, so taking sips of water can help. Avoid eating or chewing gum whilst on the phone as this will affect your presentation of answers and come across unprofessional.

Ask questions, especially ask when will they arrange face to face interviews. As in a normal interview, it is also handy to have questions prepared. An important question that should be asked will be to find out when they will be arranging face to face interviews. This will show that you are keen and still interested in the position.

Have pen and paper with you. A pen and paper can always come in handy to take down notes about the position. Remember an interview is not just for the interviewer to see if you are a good fit for the role, but also for you to see if the role is what you are looking for.

Hopefully these tips will come in handy the next time you are preparing for a phone interview and will help get you to the next stage. If you have any tips that work for you, let us know in the comments below.

If you are looking for tips when attending a face to face interview, take a look at our blog post here.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Contractor vs Government Dept – IR35 Case

June 1, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a good bank holiday last weekend. Even though we had some storms here in South Wales, all of us in the office still made the most of the extra day off.

For this week’s blog, we will be looking at the battle between a contractor and the HMRC over IR35, and how the contractor won the case against the HMRC for the contract to be declared outside of IR35 and raising questions of the Government’s understanding of IR35.

The contractor was providing Business Analyst services through a personal service company to the Department of Work and Pensions, where the contract was declared inside IR35. Although the contractor disagreed with this and took it further. After the hearing took place, the judge decided that the contract belonged outside IR35 as there was insufficient right of control over the working methods. The judge also disagreed with HMRC’s interpretation of mutuality of obligation (MOO) and the right of substitution.

The CEO of the company that represented the contractor at the hearing stated:  “Despite HMRC implementing and enforcing the rules, this verdict shows they can’t accurately assess a contractor’s IR35 status. The Government is serious about clamping down on what they believe to be non-compliance, but worryingly, can’t recognise whether a contractor belongs inside or outside IR35. That the individual was working on a Government project simply adds to the irony. This case is further proof that IR35 needs simplifying, and HMRC must rethink its IR35 strategy completely. Clearly, this is no time to extend public sector changes to the private sector”.

A large number of contractors are dismissing contracts due to them being inside IR35. If the government is mis-assessing the IR35 status of contracts and being incorrectly declared, not only are contractors missing out on opportunities, but the individual departments within the government departments are also missing out on good candidates.

If the judge has decided on this occasion that the contract should be outside IR35, how many other contractors are out there in the same position where their contracts have been declared inside IR35 but should rightfully be outside IR35. What is your opinion on this? If someone thinks their contract has been declared inside IR35 incorrectly, do you think it should be challenged? Let us know in the comments below.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

Source: https://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/ir35-freelancer-working-on-government-project-wins-hmrc-tax-battle/s66/a721977/

 

Privacy Notice

May 25, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

As of today, the 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is in place. A part of the new legislation means candidates will need to provide consent to us in order for us to hold their contact details and contact them about potential future opportunities.

If you did not send us consent prior to the 25th May 2018, your information will have now been deleted from our database. If you missed the deadline but would still like to receive notifications about new positions from us, just email gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk with your consent and we can gather information from you and add your contact details back to our database.

Additionally, if you are new to EGB Recruitment and would like to start receiving notifications on new positions, send an introductory email to enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk including written consent that you are happy for EGB to hold your details and contact you with potential opportunities and we can get you loaded onto our database.

If you would like to know the type of data we hold and what it is used for, you can view this in our Privacy Notice below.

Privacy Notice – EGB Recruitment

If you have any questions about the Privacy Notice, you can email them to enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

 

I hope everyone has a great bank holiday weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

 

GDPR – Consent Reminder

May 18, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

As most of you are probably aware that on 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will be in force. We would like to remind you that if you would still like us to contact you about new positions, we will need your consent in writing by Friday 25th May 2018, or your details will be removed from our system.

If we currently have your details on file it is due to you currently looking or previously looking for a new position. We would have gained these details from either a copy of your CV (which you have sent to us directly or through a job board website) or you are connected to one of EGB’s employees on LinkedIn.

If you have not already provided consent to us, you should have received a reminder email earlier today. If you are happy for EGB to continue contacting you about future opportunities, please reply to the email sent out earlier today, or email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk. Additionally if you are new to EGB and would like us to start sending you information on new positions, again just simply email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk and we will go from there.

You can find out further information on how EGB are dealing with GDPR here.

If you have any questions, you can drop us an email at gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk or leave a comment below and one of the team will get back to you.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

BT cutting 13,000 jobs

May 11, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a good bank holiday last weekend, we definitely had the weather for it. The team at EGB made the most of the sunny hot weather by having BBQs, going to the beach, visiting food festivals, and doing a bit of gardening. Let’s just hope that isn’t the last of the hot weather for this year.

This week for the blog, we are looking into the news that BT is to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years to try and save money.

BT will be cutting down its workforce by around 12%, which is 13,000 jobs, a third of these being from outside the UK in its Global Services division. The cuts will come from reducing its management and back-office roles. Along with reducing jobs, BT headquarters will be moving to smaller premises after moving out of the existing headquarters building in Central London. These job cuts and other measures will help to save £1.5bn.

It didn’t help that back last year, BT’s Continental European operation resigned after years of inappropriate behaviour, writing down the value of the Italian unit by £530m, making BT’s shares plunge 21%. The investigation found improper accounting practices and “a complex set of improper sales, purchase, factoring and leasing transactions”.

BT forecasted a fall in revenue of about 2% for the 2018/2019 financial year. BT also said it was keeping its full-year dividend unchanged from last year at 15.4p a share and would freeze it for the next two years. George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown has said “The dividend, which was rising 10% a year not so long ago, is set to freeze for the foreseeable future, and next year’s profits look likely to fall again.”

BT have said “It was responding to changes in the telecoms market, including increasing competitive intensity from established companies and new entrants. It is critical that BT transforms its operating model to build a lean and agile organisation that delivers sustained improvement in customer experience and productivity.”

Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has said “BT was in a unique position, we have the UK’s leading fixed and mobile access networks, a portfolio of strong and well segmented brands, and close strategic partnerships. This position of strength will enable us to build on the disciplined delivery and risk reduction of the last financial year, a period in which we delivered overall in line with our financial and operational commitments whilst addressing many uncertainties.”

BT have made decisions to reduce costs by cutting jobs and relocating. Will this be enough to get the company back on track? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Have a great weekend,

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44065422

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38728816

 

Helpful tips to improve your CV

May 4, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a very busy few weeks here at EGB. We’ve had a large number of new roles come through over the last few weeks which is great news for both us and candidates, as it means we get to help more contractors find new contracts. So remember to check our ‘Jobs’ page regularly as we get new roles in daily, or if you would like to receive notifications from us on new roles, just drop us an email with your consent.

If you are looking to apply for a new position, every position advertised will always ask for a CV, so having an excellent CV will make you stand out from other candidates. So this week for the blog, I have put together some helpful tips to take into consideration to improve your CV and make you stand out against the competition.

Tailoring your CV

One of the most important parts of your CV is making sure it is tailored. You don’t want to submit a CV that is not tailored to the position you are applying for, as it does not show how you meet the requirements. You should save a base/generic CV which covers all sections with room to add info and tailor it to a specific position.

Key Words

Once you have thoroughly read through the job specification, take any key words mentioned and make sure they are mentioned in your CV. Many hiring managers and recruiters receive large numbers of CVs, so to make the process quicker, they often use software to search for key words mentioned in the job spec.

Spelling and Grammar

A common mistake people make is not doing a final spelling and grammar check. Most word processing programs do automatic spelling and grammar checks, although errors are sometime missed. So once you have your final copy of your CV, ensure you read over it to make sure any small mistakes haven’t been missed. Another tip is to get a second person to read through the final copy, as a fresh pair of eyes sometimes picks up more.

Formatting

Ensure that the formatting of your CV is consisted throughout. You want to ensure that the font, text size, font colour, line spacing etc. is the same from top to bottom, especially when you are tailoring your CV. When you are tailoring your CV, make sure that when you add info in, it follows the same formatting of the rest of the document.

Length

Getting the length of your CV right is essential. You don’t want it to be too short and not give enough detail into your past experience and skills, but you also don’t want it to be pages and pages long. Many companies/recruiters receive large amount of CVs and if your CV is very long, they may not read the entire document and may miss important information.

Contact info

When submitting your CV to a recruitment agency, always ensure that you have contact details displayed and that they are fully up to date, as if you are successful and get to the next stage, recruiters will need to be able to get in touch with you quickly. (Please note all contact details are removed from CVs when submitting to clients).

I hope the tips above have helped you think about ways you can improve your CV. If you have any tips that you use to help make your CV stand out that are not mentioned above, feel free to share them in a comment below.

I hope everyone has a great long bank holiday weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

 

GDPR – Consent

April 27, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone enjoyed the sunny weather we had last weekend and made the most of it, as this week it has gone back to being quite chilly. This week’s blog will be looking into how EGB will be obtaining consent from individuals and what we need from you to continue sending information on new opportunities, inline with the new GDPR legislation.

If we currently have your details on file it is due to you currently looking or previously looking for a new position. We would have gained these details from either a copy of your CV (which you have sent to us directly or through a job board website) or you are connected to one of EGB’s employees on LinkedIn.

On 25th May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will be in force. If you would still like us to contact you about new positions, we will need your consent in writing by Friday 25th May 2018 or your details will be removed from our system.

If you are happy for EGB to continue contacting you about future opportunities, please email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk. Additionally if you are new to EGB and would like us to start sending you information on new positions, again just simply email your consent to gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk and we will go from there.

You can find out further information on how EGB are dealing with GDPR here.

If you have any questions, you can drop us an email at gdpr@egb-consulting.co.uk or leave a comment below and one of the team will get back to you.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Employment Stats – April 2018

April 20, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

Happy Friday! At last we’ve seen some warm sunny weather this week, which means spring has finally arrived. All of us here at EGB are looking forward spending the weekend in the sun.

Earlier in the week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the employment figures for the quarter Dec 2017 – Feb 2018, so for the blog this week, we will look at how the employment figures have changed since the end of 2017.

ONS have stated that employment figures are continuing to rise, with the employment rate for people aged between 16 – 64 years old at 75.4%, being at its highest since comparable records began in 1971. There are currently 32.26 million people in work, which is 55,000 more than the last quarter. Looking at records from this time in 2017, there are currently 427,000 more people in work, which is considerably higher.

Unemployment figures are also going the right way having dropped by 16,000 people since the last quarter and 136,000 less than this time last year. The unemployment rate has dropped from 4.7% to 4.2% in the last year, being the lowest since 1975.

Other figures that have been released by ONS are estimates showing that average weekly earnings have risen since last year. The average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain have increased by 2.8% since last April and increased by 0.2% when price inflation is taken into account.

Looking into the public sector, there was a drop of 132,000 people employed, although this is down to the transfer of the English Housing associations to the private sector. Not taking this into consideration the public sector increased by 9,000 in the last quarter and increased by 44,000 over the last year.

It’s great to keep track of the employment figures and follow how they change every quarter and every year. The figures are continuing to go the right way and each quarter we are continuing to see improvements. We love the feeling of helping candidates find new positions, so it’s great to see the employment figures rising.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Source: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/april2018